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On Thursday afternoon, Rosemary Ndlovu, since dubbed “killsurance cop” stood up in front of the court to submit her plea at the Palmridge High Court. She kept a calm exterior, but the trial had already been delayed because she had been sick with stress.
She is standing trial for the murders of several members of her own family and claiming their funeral and life insurance policies.
The killsurance cop pleaded “Not guilty,” but if the court rules otherwise, she will go down in history as one of South Africa’s most meticulous and cunning mass murderers.
Listen to the audio interview with investigating officer Sergeant Kesh Mabunda here:
Rosemary joined the police force over 15 years ago. Investigators say that after seven years, in April 2012, she began a highly lucrative killing spree, beginning with her cousin, Madaka.
Over the next six years, she is alleged to have killed her sister Audrey, her nephew Brilliant, her niece Zanele, and her boyfriend, Maurice Mabasa, in exchange for 28 insurance payouts totalling R1,38 million.
She is also accused of several counts of attempted murder and conspiracy to murder. She allegedly hired hitmen to kill two of her sisters, as well as her mother and the police detectives who were investigating her.
The police officer Colonel Nthipe Boloka, who first caught scent of Ndlovu’s alleged crimes was her commander at Tembisa South police station.
In 2018, a police informant approached Colonel Boloka and told him that Ndlovu had asked him to carry out a hit on her mother, as well as her sister, Joyce, and Joyce’s four children and her baby.
Colonel Boloka passed on the information to the Gauteng provincial crime-intelligence unit. And that’s when the plan to trap Rosemary was born.
At 03h00 on 7 March 2018, five police officers met up with two of the informants posing as hitmen at a shopping mall in Ekurhuleni.
The informants arranged to meet with Rosemary so she could show them Joyce’s house, which she wanted them to burn down.
The police fitted a secret dashboard camera into the hitmen’s car and planted one undercover officer to pose as another hitman.
The group then picks up Ndlovu at the Carstenhof Hospital. She checked in there to give herself an alibi. She planned to go with the hitmen to point out her sister’s house, and then get back to the hospital again by the time the killings took place.
Unaware of the recording device, she began discussing the conspiracy to murder her close relatives with the hitmen, while two cop cars followed discreetly behind.
When she was arrested, Ndlovu was said to be shocked at first, then reverted to her naturally calm disposition. She denied the charges and has maintained her innocence ever since.